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Dr. Kathleen Gallagher

Questioning pedagogy, the social contexts and relations of schooling.

Research Overview

Dr. Gallagher's research focuses on questions of pedagogy, the social contexts and relations of schooling, and theatre as a powerful medium for expression by young people of their experiences and understandings. She is especially interested in questions of youth civic engagement and artistic practice, and the pedagogical and methodological possibilities of theatre.


Teaching Overview

Dr. Gallagher scholarly interests include drama education/applied theatre; pedagogy, urban schooling, social inequality and space; qualitative methodology; anti-discriminatory education policy and practice; gender and identity.  Her graduate courses include “Qualitative Methodology: Challenges and Innovations” and "Applied Theatre and Performance in Sites of Learning". Dr. Gallagher holds a cross-appointment with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.

Academic History

Ph.D Drama and Self-Construction in a Single-Sex School for Girls. CTL, OISE, University of Toronto, 1998

M.Ed. Arts Education: The Living Curriculum. CTL, OISE, University of Toronto, 1995

B.Ed. Faculty of Education, Intermediate/Senior Division, Dramatic Arts and French, University of Toronto, 1989

B.A. (Honours) French Literature (with a specialization in French Theatre), University of Toronto, St. Michael's College, 1988OCT      

Ontario Teachers' Certificate. Ontario College of Teachers.  Intermediate/Senior Division (Dramatic Arts, French), 1989

ARCT Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada (Piano), 1987


Fellowships and Honours

2017/2018   David E. Hunt Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

2018  University of Toronto President’s Impact Award for 2017-2022

2018   Member of the University of Toronto President’s Impact Academy 2017-2022

2017   Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Playwrights’ Colony Fellowship Award 2017. With playwright collaborator Andrew Kushnir, we have been awarded a residency at the Banff Centre to develop the trilogy of plays based on my ethnographic research.

2016   UofT Alumni Award for Innovation and Contemporary Work in Drama and Education

2015/2016   Selected as the University of Toronto's 2015 and 2016 nominee for the SSHRC Connection Impact Award

2009   CRC Lecture Award. Winner of the Canadian Association of Women in Education (CASWE). Lecture: Gender, Race and Security in Schools.

2008   Outstanding Books in Curriculum Studies Finalist for The Theatre of Urban: Youth and Schooling in Dangerous Times. (University of Toronto Press, 2007). Division B. American Education Research Association. Presented in New York City, New York, USA.

2004    Nominated for Professor of the Year in the Initial Teacher Education Program

2003   Harvard Graduate School and Kellogg Foundation funded Salzburg Seminar Fellowship. July 2-9, 2003 a think-tank on Leadership Across Cultural Boundaries and Geographic Borders, convened at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria.

2001  Winner Outstanding Books in Curriculum Studies for Drama Education in the Lives of Girls: Imagining Possibilities. (University of Toronto Press, 2000). Division B. American Education Research Association. Award presented in Seattle, Washington, USA.

2000   The Barbara McIntyre Distinguished Research Award.  Awarded at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

1999       Professor of the Year Award in the Initial Teacher Education Program.

1999    Most Distinguished Dissertation Research Award. American Alliance for Theatre and Education

1997   William Pakenham Fellowship in Education. Faculty of Education. University of Toronto.

1997   Rose M. Cassin Scholarship for Graduate Studies. Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association.

1997   Graduate Assistantship. Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning. OISE/UT.

1984   University of Toronto Entrance Scholarship.


Research Grants and Funding

Dr. Gallagher has received funding from a variety of internal and external funders since 1999. She has received significant funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund and Ontario Innovation Trust, The Canada Research Chair Program, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation, the Provost’s Office University of Toronto, the University of Toronto Connaught Grant, the Council of Ontario Directors of Educators, and from OISE and the University of Toronto. A detailed account of the Grants and Funded projects can be found in the attached pdf of Dr. Gallagher's current Curriculum Vitae (see below).

Curriculum Vitae




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